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UCL EPSRC Interdisciplinary DTP Studentships

UCL EPSRC Interdisciplinary DTP Studentships

The UCL EPSRC DTP (Doctoral Training Partnership) invites applications for three funded PhD studentships for interdisciplinary research via an open competition. The EPSRC DTP is intended to recruit excellent PhD students regardless of their chosen department. All studentship projects must be interdisciplinary and lie within the EPSRC remit.

Studentships are expected to start on 26 September 2022 unless exceptional circumstances require an alternate start date. Successful candidates will be expected to engage with and contribute to a cross-disciplinary and collaborative programme of seminars and activities for the duration of the studentship.

About the Studentship

Duration: Up to 4 years (thesis must be submitted within the funded period)

Eligible Fee Status: Home, International

Eligible Programmes: Full- or part-time research degrees (MPhil/PhD, MRes + PhD (1+3), or EngD) except those of EPSRC or UKRI funded CDTs (Centres for Doctoral Training)

Applicaton Deadline: 08 June 2022

Start Date: 26 September 2022

Project Eligibility

The research project must demonstrate interdisciplinarity, and be aligned with a challenge that cannot be addressed with a single disciplinary approach (examples include the UCL Grand Challenges and the UN Sustainable Development Goals). The project must be based in UCL Engineering but can be co-supervised by supervisors in any UCL Faculty. The project must be co-supervised by supervisors from different departments, and possibly different Faculties, and must lie within the EPSRC remit — the EPSRC’s website provides information on EPSRC Themes and EPSRC Research Areas within this remit. The proposed project supervisors must agree to support your application. Host departments and supervisors can advise on available projects that are within EPSRC remit, and on remit considerations if you wish to devise your own project. The proposed project supervisor must agree to support your application.

Avaiable host departments

  • Faculty of Engineering
    • Biochemical Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Civil, Environmental, and Geomatic Engineering
    • Electronic and Electrical Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering
    • Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy
    • Security and Crime Science
    • Computer Science
    • School of Management

Person specification

Primary criteria for candidate selection:

  1. Candidate's academic performance and skills to date
  2. Candidate's potential for success and excellence in doctoral research and potential for future success
  3. Fit to the interdisciplinary remit

Secondary criteria / suitability checks:

  1. Fit to the EPSRC remit. The DTP can only fund projects that are within EPSRC’s remit.
  2. Suitability of project, to ensure a high quality of training for success
  3. Suitability of supervisory team / host department, to ensure a high quality experience


  • You must fulfil the academic entry requirements for UCL.
  • You must fulfil any additional academic entry requirements for the department programme you will be hosted by.
  • These studentships are open to those with Home and International fee status (including EU); however the number of students with International fee status which can be recruited is capped according to the EPSRC terms and conditions, so competition for International places is particularly strong. An official fee status assessment by UCL admissions will be required for all successful candidates.


  • Fees (For overseas fee status students, a UCL award to cover the fee difference between the Home and international fee rate);
  • Maintenance stipend at the UCL EPSRC DTP enhanced rate (£19,062 in 2022/23, rises with inflation each year);
  • Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) of £4,800. This is to cover additional costs of training e.g. courses, project costs, conferences, travel

How to apply

For full application terms and conditions and further information, please visit: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/engineering/news/2022/may/ucl-epsrc-doctoral-training-partnership-studentships-applications-open

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